Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

By Amy Hamilton  The Daily Sentinel Two Grand Junction nonprofit agencies recently received a financial boost from the Boettcher Foundation. Mind Springs Health is the recipient of a $120,000 grant for the agency to build its new West Springs Hospital, and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach received $30,000 for improvements to its Day Center building, 302 Pitkin Ave.    ...

By The Valley Courier The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support Colorado communities including two in the San Luis Valley. “These organizations work hard every day to provide important services to Coloradans in need,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “From providing meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity to helping our communities improve mental health treatment, we’re happy to support organizations that are positively impacting our state and its diverse residents each day.”    ...

By Joanne Ostrow  Contributing Writer, Denver Business Journal An empty darkroom used for storage at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has been refashioned into a state-of-the-art digital lab, open to the public and offering classes for all ages, thanks to a collaboration among public/private, arts, business and philanthropic sources. The new Digital Creative Arts Lab (DCAL) at the Arvada Center offers classes in animation, digital printmaking, green screen technology, Photoshop, wearable art and more in a lab stocked with 3D printers, laptops and tablets.    ...

By Jenny Brundin  Colorado Public Radio Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. Colleges in state are graduating 25 percent fewer licensed teachers than they did six years ago. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high. Which brings us to Dusty Mars of Ignacio. After spending years as an oil production foreman, where he oversaw a dozen operators and 1,000 wells, an even bigger challenge presented itself. He was tapped to teach middle school math on an emergency credential. Soon enough, he found himself with a teary student.    ...

By Joe Vaccarelli  YourHub Reporter Kids Club night at the Joshua Station transitional housing complex can be a hectic event that sometimes sees nearly 50 kids pile into a converted hotel room to do activities. Jodi Henni has two children, younger than 10, who participate in Kids Club and said it can be tough to focus. The family has lived at Joshua Station for about a year. “It’s hard for them, it’s just chaos,” Henni said. But things are about to change at the facility that helps homeless families transition from the street to stable living environments as $356,000 in renovations will bring along a new kids programming area about 10 times the size of the current space.    ...

By Amy Hamilton  Grand Junction Sentinel If a person with disabilities wants to go on a bike ride, the process could take days. The folks at Colorado Discover Ability must assemble a bike to fit that person’s specifications. The bike is loaded on a trailer and shuttled down to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The rider must get to the trail, too. Now, it’s time to ride. Let’s hope the weather holds.    ...

By Laura Bond  Confluence Denver In southwestern Colorado, Ridgway is a small town with a laser focus on the arts. With a critical mass of creative residents, years of hard work are paying off. When Ashley King-Grambley moved from the small town of Gunnison to the tiny one of Ridgway, she had a chief concern: "I thought I would be bored out of my mind," she says. "Instead, I'm exhausted." King-Grambley moved to take a job as executive director of Weehawken Creative Arts, a nonprofit community arts school and venue. When she first arrived, in 2008, she worked a couple of jobs, as many in Ridgway do. She got to know locals and the San Juan mountains that frame the spare and stunning valley in which the town sits. If she was bored, she was too busy to notice.    ...

By Jason McKinney  Life on Capitol Hill Reporter The Rose Andom Center, Colorado’s first family justice center to serve domestic violence victims, opened June 29 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Denver Mayor, Michael B. Hancock, and District Attorney, Mitch Morrissey. The Andom Center will provide services and protection to victims of domestic violence in the Denver area and beyond. “Domestic violence is a terrible, traumatic experience. The Andom Center works to ensure that services are in one easily accessible, safe and welcoming place to the courageous souls who are seeking help,” Mayor Hancock said.    ...

2010 Scholar Devon Tivona was recently featured in the New York Times, the Pana blog and in the Real Leaders podcast.  By Paul Ballas  Pana The three-person co-founding team is phenomenal, and I’m particularly grateful to work with our co-founder and CEO, Devon Tivona. This week, Devon was featured in the Real Leaders Podcast (on Soundcloud, iTunes and wherever podcasts are found), and it’s a great chance to hear the backstory for the company and our CEO. For example, you may not know that the company originally had nothing to do with travel. Devon is just 24, and he is a rare mix of tech and EQ, getting energy from making human connections as well solving complex technical problems. These qualities permeate our app. Devon’s combination of talents also has garnered for him and Pana real loyalty among investors and advisors. He recognizes the value of this circle: “In order for a concept to be successful, you have to have this inner circle of people who are obsessed with your product.”    ...

By Kristen Browning-Blas Colorado State University Winning grants for mosquito research is just as competitive as “Dancing with the Stars.” Rushika Perera should know. The assistant professor of virology recently won a 2016 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award, one of 10 in Colorado, for her studies of mosquito-borne viruses at Colorado State University. When she’s not in the lab, she’s on a dance floor, competing in ballroom, Latin and West Coast Swing dance events around the country. She actually wrote the Boettcher grant application at a dance competition. “I was energized. I just sat and wrote for 12 hours, all through the night.” ...